If you look up the word transfiguration in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it defines it like this.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary even acknowledges it as a Christian feast that commemorates the transfiguration of Christ on a mountaintop in the presence of three disciples. (Merriam-Webster, Inc. 2022).
Now, it is common practice for those who produce dictionaries in the book industry to follow an absorbing process in deciding which words to include in their new edition. For example, editors at Merriam-Webster have to determine the following before including a new word in their dictionary.
The final test a word must pass before an editor decides to include it in the dictionary is that it must have enough proven evidence to show that it is widely used in our society. However, the word being considered cannot come from a single source. Otherwise, it is rejected from entry in the general dictionary. Of course, there are a few other processes not listed here. But you all get the point.
So, what does all this have to do with the transfiguration? Well, let’s take a walk back in time and you will find out.
Defining its meaning
And He (meaning Christ) was transfigured before them (his 3 disciples that were witnesses to this event – Peter, James, and John his brother)….
The Greek word is metamorphoō (G3339), which is a verb. In Greek, it means to change into another form (Blue Letter Bible, 2022).
Jesus and his 3 disciples went to the holy mountain to pray. While praying away from His disciples, Jesus’ face became transformed – “His face shines like the sun.” Not only that, His garments also “became glistering, exceeding white….” From this great brightness, Peter, John, and James heard Jesus speaking with other prophets from their past – Moses, and Elijah. The 3 disciples of Christ were perplexed by what they saw and heard. As they leaned in closer to get a better view, the figures of Moses and Elijah withdrew. (Read Matthew 17:1-13). Then they heard a booming voice come from out of the clouds, which said, “This is MY beloved Son; hear ye him.”
God's word is for the edification, exhortation, and consolation; for teaching, reproving, correcting, and training so that every Christian is equipped for the work of service, to build up the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3; 2 Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 4:12).
This blog is really not about me, but more about my Father and our relationship. How we interact with one another and my response to His prompting. To be honest, at the moment, I do not know what to expect from this blog. I have no idea how personal I will get, what exactly I will share, and how often I will do it. But one thing is for certain. I will share what God places on my heart to share.